How to Draw on Polymer Clay

Written by marsanne petty | 13/05/2017
How to Draw on Polymer Clay
Soften clay for easier working by kneading it before forming your shape. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Drawing on polymer clay opens up a whole new world of creation if you are a skilled artist. Even simple designs take on a new personality when they are hand drawn. Small pieces of drawn polymer clay would work well as charms for bracelets or necklaces or as paperweight gifts for friends and family. When baking the polymer clay, keep in mind that the oven temperature should remain fairly constant, so avoid opening the oven unnecessarily.

Knead a box of white Sculpey clay for five to ten minutes to soften it. Form the desired shape and bake the clay at 135 degrees Cor 15 to 20 minutes per quarter inch of thickness. Watch the clay carefully toward the end to ensure it doesn't get brown.

Allow the clay to cool completely. This could range from about 30 minutes for very thin pieces to several hours for thicker pieces.

Draw the desired design on the baked and cooled polymer clay using Prismacolor coloured pencils. Although other colours may work, the colours will not be as vibrant and clear.

Place a very thin layer of translucent polymer clay over the design, pressing the pieces together firmly. Place the polymer clay into a metal pan and cover it with cornstarch.

Bake the polymer clay again, based on the thickness of your translucent piece. When the time is up, if the translucent clay is not quite clear, place the piece back in the oven for about five more minutes without the cornstarch. This should clear the polymer clay up without browning it.

Things you need

  • White Sculpey clay
  • Prismacolor colour pencils
  • Oven
  • Metal pan
  • Cornstarch

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